Imprinting is the process by which an animal or person learns to associate a particular kind of behavior with a particular kind of object or person.

  • He was very imprinted by his mother, and he always responds to her calls.

  • imprinting is a powerful tool, and it can be used to good or bad ends.

Definition of imprinting


a learning process in early life whereby species specific patterns of behavior are established

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Example Sentences for imprinting

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    This is a list of the releases on the imprint.

  • 2

    It will always leave upon an ineradicable imprint.

  • 3

    The edge of the coin is imprinted with stars in relief.

  • 4

    The imprint of the feet on the ground is a symbol of transcendence.

  • 5

    The imprints adhere well and resist abrasion.

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    The medal is silver with the imprint of the head of a boar.

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    It imprints the time of the exposure on each frame of film.

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    The imprint of the old bell system logo is visible.

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    A second imprint of the first quarto was issued in the same year.

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    Another of his contributions to ethology is his work on imprinting.